Cutting Edge CNC Machining Centers

Computer numerical controlled machining centers have quickly become the go to method for producing complex mechanical components to exacting standards. Machining centers interface with computers to make finished parts that are nearly identical to the designer’s original vision. In addition, these parts can go from nothing more than a good idea to a tangible product in as little as a matter of days.

The very same factors that allow for such accelerated production also allow for product updates on the fly in much the same way as the accepted digital software paradigm. This means additional fiscal savings; seeing as a design flaw is constrained to a much smaller stock of units as opposed to a massive production run. In many cases, goods can be constructed from raw materials on a made to order basis, which lowers the often-prohibitive investment costs and encourages innovators to, well, innovate.

Early CNC Machines

The first CNC machines were mills that were constrained to operating only in the X and Y axis, and although revolutionary in the nineteen fifties, two axis mills would prove to be child’s play compared to the five axis mechanical monsters available today. Both the Makino D800Z 5-Axis Machining Center and the Ajax V700i 5X represent the cutting edge, no pun intended, ?in CNC machining, but for distinct reasons.

CNC Machining Centers

Two New Amazing CNC Machining Centers

Beginning with the smaller and less expensive of the pair; the Ajax V700i 5X sports an 18 kilowatt ten-thousand rpm spindle, two-hundred liter coolant system, twenty-four tool magazine, a twenty-centimeter rotary table with an eighty kilo weight capacity, as well as an automatic 8-station turret, tailstock, automatic speed range change and Fanuc drives with the intent of pairing the Fanuc OiTD Mate touch interface with Turnmate i software. “[Its] the easiest to use on the market today, where a beginner is quickly able to pick up the use of the different cycles”

The V700i 5X is fitted with high specification iTNC 620 Heidenhain control and boasts a 12,000 rpm/20 bar coolant option, chiller, a 200 mm diameter rotary/tilt table, 24-tool magazine, has a table size of 800 by 400 mm and axis travels of 700 mm in X, 400 mm in Y and 550 mm in Z with the option of greater Z-axis travel of 650 mm.

Additional Machine Tool Features

In addition to the touchscreen feature, the machine, with full ISO programming, also has the ability to be used in manual cycle mode through the electronic hand wheel. ?In terms build specs; the machine range is built on heavy-duty beds each with hardened and ground ways, and spans centre heights from 180 mm on the Evolution 3 AJEV 180 to 500 mm on the largest AJEV 500.

With the largest machine in the series weighing in at 10 tonnes and Bed lengths ranging from 750 mm to 5,000 mm there is a model in this series to suit most light industrial applications while maintaining a price point that proves neither to be prohibitive, nor restrictive, to small independent ventures

For larger applications something like the Makino D800Z is ideal for satisfying one’s 5-axis milling needs. “Large-part 5-axis machining presents numerous challenges, due to the size, weight and range of features found on large components,” says Bill Howard, VMC product line manager at Makino. “The D800Z 5-axis machine provides new levels of sustained dynamic accuracy, achieved through technologies that are very productive, yet minimize thermal influences and maximize volumetric accuracy.”

Improved machine Efficiency

What this all means for the end user is; higher efficiency, lower cost, increased surface precision, ?and very low potential for collision damage. A number of spindle options ranging from 12,000 to 20,000 rpm offer adaptability for increased utility. Much like the aforementioned Ajax V700i 5x, Makino’s offering provides the unparalleled stability that is crucial for meeting precise specifications for machine parts. In fact, the entire system remains rock solid up to its 1,200 kilogram load capacity.

The Makino D800Z 5-Axis Machining Center and the Ajax V700i 5X are both testament to the wide range of options available to the modern machinist. It is truly a thrilling time to be a modern engineer with such a wealth of technology available at your fingertips. Since its inception in the aerospace sector CNC industrial technology has only proven that the sky is, in fact, far from the limit.

The New Age Technology of Vertical Machining Centers

Mazak vertical machining center The visionary Mazak Corporation has invited more than 2,000 different industry experts to the North American Technology Center, allowing them to take part in their Discover 2013 spectacle.? The much anticipated event will provide each tech professional with various trade discussions and business related metalwork demos that promote a large assortment of innovative Mazak machinery.? Considered to be the biggest machine based seminar in the business, this event will totally amaze its participants.

Mazak Has Outdone Themselves

Commonly known to entertain a variety of industry meetings, the president of Mazak, Brian Papke, has been noted as stating that this years’ event will offer an elevated adventure for visitors. In fact, Papke is quoted as saying that, “It’s no longer practical to just have an open house. The time of people is so much more valuable that, in order to have an event like this, it has to be technology drive”.

Realizing that a vast majority of other businesses are not on their same operating level, the president of Mazak has even gone as far as saying that his company is “representing what manufacturing will be”.

While this might come off a little arrogant at first, it is the truth. Aggressively sustaining their investment in assembly technology, Mazak has quickly become a top industry producer in machinery creations that offer top of the line, dependable merchandise.? Held in their beautiful Florence venue that manufactures over 100 different prototypes of vertical machining centers, turning centers and multi-tasking machines, Mazak is definitely an industry leader is machine technology.

New Equipment Includes Vertical Machining Centers

With 37 newly created machines available for demonstration during the Discover 2013 event, there are a total of 5 products that have already been invented for specific customers.? Additionally, out of the 37 machines, each one of them has at least one new specific characteristic while other models have been completely reinvented.

Some of the new models have been exclusively re-calibrated with advanced specifications and accessories that can manufacture at an incredibly high production rate.

Not stopping there, Mazak has also developed 11 new machine tools that have been specifically designed to assist in their Florence expansion. They also produced 7 more prototypes to help with individual parts of the creation process. Teaming up with some of their VIP helpers, Mazak wants to go further than exhibiting their different machine models.

The company president has said that “It adds another dimension of technology to some of the things we do.? We are in the final stages of putting this show together and the technology is incredible”.

Realistically, the Discover 2013 event is the perfect way for Mazak to promote and create an industry buzz in regard to their new line of vertical machining centers and other machinery.

5-Axis CNC Machining Center: Newest Edition To Next Intent Machinery

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The OKK VC-X350-5-Axis-machining-center

5-Axis CNC Machining Center

Recently, Next Intent invested in a new OKK VC-X350 5-axis CNC machining center due to overwhelming demand from the Aerospace, Aircraft, Defense industries. This new machining center will join the 6 other OKK brand machine tools currently in use in their facility. Next Intent is relied upon to provide parts with very close tolerances for cutting edge industries, and this new machine will help them continue to do just that.

Rearranging all of the machines around the shop was necessary to make room for the new CNC machining center installed last February. It was quite a feat to move all of these large machine tools in such a way that each could be most productive, but the increase in productivity was well worth it.

OKK VC-X350 machining center Specifications

Max X axis travel distance is 23.62″ or 600mm

Max Y axis travel distance is 16.93″ or 430mm

Max Z axis travel distance is 18.11″ or 460mm

Max A axis travel or work table tilt radius is 30 degrees or -120

Max C axis travel radius is 360 degrees

Spindle speeds range from 100 to 1,200 rpm

Number 40 type spindle taper

Controlled by FANUC 31-iA5 type Computer Numerical Controls

Work table size is 13.78″ wide

This CNC machining center is ready for integration with an Automatic Work Changer and includes a 60-work piece capacity magazine. The extremely rigid VC-X350 features a work table that can handle hard metals like titanium.

What Next Intent Has To Say About OKK Machine Tools

The president of Next Intent, Rodney Babcock, reported that the OKK VC-X350 5-axis machining center is an addition to their current OKK machine tool line that provides the features and flexibility required to meet customer demand. This includes 5-axis machining which allows five sides of a part to be machined at once. This is critical for accomplishing such close tolerances specs.

He went on to explain that the company already has enough demand to keep the new machine in operation full time and the high quality and reliability of OKK machines tools are partially to thank. This leaves the possibility of further upgrades to or additions of new CNC machine tools in the near future just to keep up with demand.

More About Next Intent

Aerospace, Scientific Research, Defense and Aircraft clients are among the industries that come to Next Intent with machining specifications that are close to impossible. Next Intent provides optional component assembly on top of mechanical and manufacturing support for the various projects.

As a 9100 certified company, Next Intent has earned a reputation for quick understanding of client needs. They are also known for quick development of comprehensive manufacturing plans, which are promptly and accurately executed.

OKK and Next Intent have shared a long-term relationship where OKK machine tools make up Next Intent’s main machine arsenal. Other machine tools manufactured by OKK include vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, blade centers, die mold machines, mass production machines and aerospace machinery.